Vendee Globe - 1230 - 12/1/01

Mark Chisnell reports as Ellen consolidates her second place

Friday January 12th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Weather at 0000, 15/1/01Looking ahead, the low pressure system will drift south-east and fill quite quickly through Saturday, and by Monday it's gone (right). That means there will be a light spot for those around the Horn until the next system moves in from the west. But this should be pouring some solid breeze off the Andes and into the South Atlantic by Sunday.

That system is forecast to combine with the second low pressure to the east to set up a strong north-westerly flow for those rounding Cape Horn and heading north. That means some heavy air upwind work - nothing less than expected as this next section of the course sees them having to work their way round the western edge of the South Atlantic High, against the anti-clockwise flow of the wind.

But it could be even tougher for some of the group behind the leading four, as this low pressure is forming and moving a long way north. And they could find themselves battling headwinds in the Southern Ocean, which definitely wasn't in the brochure.

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Please note that two different methods of calculating the Distance to Finish are being used, one by Virtual Spectator and one by the Vendee Globe Race Office, we will try to always make it clear which we are using!

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Rankings (0500 GMT except where stated, Friday 12/1, with Distances to Finish from Race Office)

1 PRB (Desjoyeaux) 52.2S 58.2W 6694 nm
2 Kingfisher (MacArthur) 56.2S 72.1W 606 nm
3 Active Wear (Thiercelin) 55.4S 79.1W +840 nm
4 SILL Matines La Potagère (Jourdain) 55.2S 79.2W +851 nm
5 Sodebo (Coville) 53.3S 89.4W +1249 nm
6 Union Bancaire Privée (Wavre) (at 03:41 GMT) 52.5S 95.5W +1440 nm
7 Whirlpool (Chabaud) (at 04:00 GMT) 54.1S 111.2W +1898 nm
8 EBP EspritPME Gartmore (Hall) 53.1S 116.1W +2093 nm
9 VM Matériaux (Carpentier) 54.2S 138.2W +2787 nm
10 (Gallay) 53.6S 141.5W +2907 nm
11 Nord Pas de Calais - Chocolats du Monde (Seeten) (at 07:02 GMT) 53.4S 146.3W +3084 nm
12 Team Group 4 (Golding) (at 07:00 GMT) 54.5S 149.2W +3155 nm

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